How to get help from FEMA

Posted September 1, 2011
Updated October 13

Those with hurricane-related losses in Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquinams, Pitt, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Wilson counties have until Jan. 23, 2012 to apply for help from FEMA.  Newton-Grove flooding County-by-county storm information

Apply by phone: Call 800-621-FEMA or TTY at 800-462-7485 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. Operators are multilingual. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) call 800-621-3362.

Apply online: By computer, go online to; By smartphone or tablet, use or download FEMA's app for Android phones:

When registering, you will need the following information:

  • Social Security number;
  • Current mailing address;
  • Address of the damaged property;
  • A brief description of the damages; and
  • Any insurance information, including the policy number and the name of your agent.
  • A phone number where you can be reached.

Assistance from FEMA could include:

Temporary housing - money to rent a different place to live;
Repairs - grants to repair some of the disaster-related damage that is not covered by insurance; and
Other needs assistance - grants for necessary and serious needs caused by the disaster. This includes medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation, vehicle repair or replacement, moving and storage and other expenses that FEMA approves.

Find FEMA offices:

The map below lists tree, water and electrical impacts of Hurricane Irene in North Carolina. Click on the red cross for FEMA office locations and hours.

View Hurricane Irene damage reports in a larger map


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  • scarlett2 Sep 16, 2011

    For the people who complained that they had no food or insurance to cover their damages due to Hurricane Irene and Social Services was later rude to them when they needed food...Hurricanes are a yearly event in this area. Duh ! We are not living in the 1700's etc. where there was no advance warning of hurricanes and bad weather. We knew about this hurricane nearly a week before it hit.

    Plan ahead! I have no job at the moment so money is tight, but I planned ahead for possible power outage by having food and water stockpiled, and I made certain that my home owners insurance was paid ! It is laziness not to be prepared and then expect a free hand out from the government because you didn't want to spend the money to protect your own family and home.

  • bmg379 Sep 6, 2011

    How to get FEMA help,from experience in April tornados

    don't own your own home

    don't have insurance

    even tho you would actually pay back a low interest loan on help to do what ins won't pay for like removing debris over $500 or that didn't hit your home but is all over your yard and your yard and landscaping is ruined.

    Thanks FEMA,from people who should be given a loan but never will,give it to the people who will never repay it

    learned this valuable lesson in april tornados as well as lots of other people in the Raleigh area

  • limitguvment Sep 6, 2011

    How about buy some home and flood insurance and stop depending on the Federal government to bail you out of every little thing that comes your way!

  • lucytumnus Sep 2, 2011

    I agree with that. We went without power for four days. We are struggling to get to the next paycheck since we have no food and had to leave our home. I wish something could be done for those further inland.

  • tjones703 Sep 1, 2011

    The members of halifax county was discovered a disaster area today. Halifax County still have alot of power outages. Halifax county social services is not treating people with respect and they're turning people around who is trying to get help with feeding their family. Please tell me that help is on the way. I know I, lost alot of food and have a lil house damage that can be fixed but I just want to think the "LORD" that we made it threw. my whole yard was flooded out and I had to leave home but all we can do is pray and take it one dat at a time.